The British-based medical journal The Lancet’s treatment of Palestinian public health issues has undermined Israel-Palestinian relations, according to a detailed study published by Jerusalem- based NGO Monitor.
The Lancet has set back relations between Israelis and Palestinians “by taking a highly politicized course in the Israeli- Palestinian conflict,” according to the new report, which was obtained exclusively by The Jerusalem Post.
“The Lancet has ostracized, and to a large extent, demonized Israel and the Israeli medical community,” the report continues.
The publication was accused of basis last August after it published an “Open letter to the people of Gaza” attacking Israel while ignoring Hamas rocket attacks on the Jewish state. The letter accused Israel of committing a “massacre” in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge.
Two of the 1,600-word letters’ authors, Dr. Paola Manduca and Dr. Swee Ang, have connections with David Duke, a former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard in Louisiana and advocate of Nazism. Both Manduca and Ang expressed sympathy for Duke’s rabidly anti-Jewish positions.
When the Post asked to speak to Horton because the comment provided was general and did not address the full list of allegations in the NGO Monitor study, [Daisy, a spokeswoman for] Barton said, “Dr. Horton is not available for interview; as stated in my previous email, we have no further comments on the matter at this time.” Yitzhak Santis, NGO Monitor’s chief programs officer, told the Post on Thursday, “This non-response by the Lancet (and its parent company Elsevier) fails to address any of the outstanding issues, particularly the need to completely repudiate the infamous Gaza open letter, retract it from the Lancet’s website, and apologize for its publication.”